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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1986-03-24

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1986-03-24

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Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Dire Wolf-> Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, My Brother Esau, Ramble On Rose, El Paso, Box Of Rain Mississippi Half Step-> Women Are Smarter, High Time, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> Morning Dew, E: Midnight Hour

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Audience Master Cassette (Nakamichi 300 / Sony D5M) > Nakamichi BX-300 > CD > SHNThis is a new seed, with sector boundary errors fixed but otherwise no changes, April 2003. (Peter Braverman)


Audience Master Cassette (Nakamichi 300 / Sony D5M) > Nakamichi BX-300 > CD > SHN
This is a new seed, with sector boundary errors fixed but otherwise no changes, April 2003. (Peter Braverman)


Reviewer: gratefulmusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2011
Subject: Morning Dew
I am usually not such a huge fan of non-dead songs, don't get me wrong I still love them just not as much as "real" dead songs like China Cat, Crazy Fingers, Terrapin, etc.

Anyways, this morning dew is incredibly! Out of the tons of shows I have listened to this one always grabs my attention. I know many people often overlook 86 because of Jerry's condition by then, but if one takes a closer look they will not be let down.

A wonderful Sailor>Saint and oh yeah did I mention the Dew :)

Reviewer: jbyerly1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2009
Subject: Was on the wall
Of all the recordings I beleive this one is less Boxy sounding and Phils bass is much better.
Jack P and I were right in front of Jerry that night. I will never forget Jack P reaction to "box. We had done the wall two nights in a row and the plan was to vacate after the first set and I asked if he wanted to leave and he screams "Are you kidding they just played Box of rain". This Dew is second only to Augusta's for all my Dews. We got the wall every show but two in Hartford this east coast tour. We learned how to wait in line and not dose till we got to the wall. Its amazing how people would give us goodies because we werre the first couple people in line.

John Byerly
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2007
Subject: Just get the Dew
I was at all three shows of this run. Even though the energy was high and they were tight throughout, there was nothing special other than the Dew. Yeah, OK, second Box of Rain since 74 or so, but no jamming until the space. Then out of nowhere comes this blistering Dew. Download from space to the end and attach it to the end of a short CD (I put it with 12/15/86, which was a fine show, but that's another story).

Morning Dew 5 stars, rest of show 2 stars.
Reviewer: CURTIN68 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2005
Subject: Box of Rain...............
Surpied my friend with Press Box Seats will never forget the roof coming off during Box of rain... and yes we all knew they played it in Hampton....Phila proved "practice makes perfect".

Great quality .

Very Nice!
Reviewer: sitg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2005
Subject: Great show
I was at this run and loved this show. A little surprised to only have one song after drums/space, but what a song it was.

The roof lifted about 10 feet off the Spectrum when they started "Box of Rain" and another 50 feet when Phil started singing & everyone realized what it was. I knew they had played it in Hampton but we thought maybe it was a one-off.

By the way, in "Ramble on Rose" at around 1:16 you will hear a loud pop followed by lots of applause. A balloon had drifted up on stage and was floating near Jerry's mike stand. Without missing a beat he reached out with his guitar neck and popped the balloon with a string end on the headstock. Thus the pop & cheering.

This sounds a lot like the aud tape I had back in the day.
Reviewer: one-eyedjack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2004
Subject: Fond Memories
... I loved this show, particularly Box of Rain and all of Set II. While a bit short, it had a great vibe and was the clearly best I saw in '86. Tasty shroomy treats, friends, and smiles all around ... Sound is reasonably good quality.
Reviewer: Stretchy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2004
Subject: Great show, levels high
this is a great recording of a great show. i love nak mics, very crisp. unfortunately, someone along the way decided to boost the levels right to the edge...there is substantial clipping...i wish i had the original source...some of you may not even notice this, sometimes the home cd units mask...enjoy anyways tho!!
Reviewer: TERRAPINCANE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2004
Subject: awesome second set
truly fantastic second set, with solid playing from Garcia, smooth transitions, and emotional vocals....every song from the second set is worth the download, esp. the super rockin' Saint, and of course Dew at the end...
for '86, this is as good as it gets!
Reviewer: Seperation of Dead and State - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Subject: Blue Collar
For what its worth thank you "surf man" for all your effort in determining the best source. It is indeed the best recording with great high highs and those gritty low-end lows. I can take or leave the first set but the second set is a true throwback. An emotional 1/2 step starts things off followed by a bouncy Woman. High time is a jewel with Garcia pouring his heart and soul into this ballad. Also big props to Bobby by calling it quits after Dew! Nothing more needed to be added. This might be the gutsiest show from 86...grab this source.
Reviewer: surffisher - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2004
Subject: great show
Of the three sources offered here, I think this one (the Nak source) is my favorite. The sound is fuller and more balanced than the other two sources, although they are both also solid audiences. Between the other two, the Nawrocki source has the edge. For what it is worth, a soundboard definitely exists. My old cassettes are soundboard for the first set and second set through drums, though the audiences work wonderfully for capturing the electrifying energy that the Spectrum usually generated.

Okay, onto the music. This is a superb and unique show. The first set is solid and well-played, but unspectacular song-wise until the Box of Rain closer. This was its second performance since its ressurection at Hampton a week earlier and, in the days of no internet, not everyone knew it would be coming. The audience response underscores this reality. The second set, as is often the case, is where its at. High Time, even with a few missed chords is utterly soulful and indicative of things to come. The final Grateful Dead Lost Sailor is beautiful. Saint is on fire, Bobby can't hold back the expletives - I don't blame him. The gem of the show, though comes in the Morning Dew out of space (they are always more special out of space). It is absolutely explosive, especially the guitar solo in the middle which bristles with feedback, and the astounding finale jam, which is perhaps one of the most impassioned ever. Especially noteworthy are Brent's accompaniment and (no surprise here) Garcia's almost uncontrollable passion. As usual, words can't do it justice - check it out. The Midnight Hour encore (it was midnight, by the way - I think it was an 8:00 pm starting time because of some event at the Spectrum prior) is a romp. Very loose and spontaneous for an encore (no 3 minute I Fought the Law here!).

Enjoy this beauty.
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